Saturday, February 9, 2013

Whalen updates Oxfordian edition of the Scottish play

Richard Whalen announced the second edition of his Oxfordian edition of Macbeth has been issued by Llumina Press. The book is available from Llumina and Amazon. Whalen said:

I hope you'll be intrigued . . . by this new interpretation. The introduction is entirely new, the line notes are much expanded and other sections incorporate new material. . . . The new interpretation refers to Macbeth's ambition or lack of it. His tragic flaw is not his "overweening ambition" as the Stratfordians would have it. That's not in the play. To the contrary, he exhibits a surprising lack of ambition. This interpretation of Macbeth's character reveals different reactions to what is going on around him and explains his actions, some of which Stratfordian commentators find puzzling. This is the principal difference from the first edition.

Whalen said he is looking into the possibility of producing an electronic verson of the book, but is running into difficulty with formatting the book since line notes face text on opposite pages.

The book is one of a series of fully annotated editions of Shakespeare plays informed by the view that the plays were written by Edward de Vere. For more information on the series, see Llumina at: